What’s the real life of armed police escort soldiers like? Follow the reporter for the story of a group of soldiers whose most recent task of escorting aerospace supplies lasted for five days and nights.
“Special train” seemed like a large steamer
“Sauna room” was the best description for the “special train”, which actually was a train container of less than 20 square meters. During the sweltering summer especially, the container full of rolling heat was like a large steamer. ” If we accidentally touched the carriage wall, there would be a blister popping out. We smelt like rotten meat because we couldn’t take a shower or wash our clothes and we had to wear them for five days. ”
“I’ve made contribution to the aerospace industry.”
Nan Zhuozhuo, who took part in the task, told us that the most excruciating things on the way were mosquito bites and diseases, rather than the hot weather. The mosquitoes, especially in the dessert, were several times larger than the ones you would find in Shanghai and they always flew in crowds. In addition, it would also be troublesome to get a fever. Soldiers who suffered from rising body temperatures on the way couldn’t take a rest until the task was finished. In order to kill boredom, they kept a diary, chatted with each other and took in sceneries along the way.
Many soldiers told the reporter that even though the process was hard, they finished the task without complaint or regret, because it was a glorious and honorable task. “Every time we watch the TV and see a satellite successfully launched, we feel proud of what we do.”